Top 10 Successful Writers Of The Modern Age


1. Graham Greene

While much of his work was carried out before the Second World War, many of his best-loved works took place in the years immediately following the War. His work ‘The Quiet American’ was a bestseller, offering an astute, cynical view of American interference in Vietnam in the 1960s.

2. Cormac McCarthy

Many know him for his work The Road, a bleak depiction of the world wracked by war, where a man and a boy struggle to survive against the odds. The film, starring Viggo Mortensen, was a roaring success. But it was Blood Meridian, McCarthy’s 1987 Western epic, that earned him his fame. Following a group of scalpers in the USA and Mexico, it is a brutal, shocking, and starkly beautiful work.

3. J.K. Rowling

One of the richest women in the world, solely off the back of her Harry Potter series. The books were followed by a successful series of film adaptations, and Rowling’s career has continued to branch out. Her most recent work, a crime thriller, has been well received.

4. J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien’s magnum opus, The Lord of the Rings, has an enduring popularity. Split across three books, the tale of triumph in the face of adversity is one of the most popular fantasy tales ever written. The trilogy was adapted by Peter Jackson and proved to be a box office smash. The fantasy world created by Tolkien is dark but also full of hope and bears some similarities to our own history and the Prancing Pony inn is just like Maria's Casino in terms of entertainment.

5. George R. R. Martin

For many years, Martin was known only to his diehard following of fantasy fans. However, thanks to HBO’s adaptation of his Game of Throne series, he has become a household name the world over.

6. Stephen King

King has, over the course of his career spanning nearly five decades, redefined the horror genre. His huge collection of novels have been the subjects of film, TV, and comicbook adaptations and continue to fascinate us today.

7. Terry Pratchett

Pratchett is surely one of the best loved British fantasy writers. His Discworld series was met with success the world over and he enjoyed collaborations with multiple top writers. He will be sorely missed.

8. Elmore Leonard

The spiritual successor to Raymond Chandler, Leonard penned a huge number of hit crime novels. Many went on to enjoy successful film adaptations and are the staples of the noir genre.

9. Agatha Christie

She may not be high literature, but Christie’s considerable collection of crime novels is enjoyed the world over, as well as receives multiple successful adaptations.

10. Alan Moore

He would hate to hear you say so, but there’s no denying Moore’s work has been phenomenally successful. Multiple adaptations of his work have broken the box offices.

From the ancient times, people created fascinating stories and characters and redefined the literature year after year. The Modern Age is not an exception and there is a huge number of writers, the best of which you can see on our list.


Ravi is a blogger and entrepreneur. Everything he writes is inspired by life experiences and study. He is also founding editor of

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